Civil Penalties

Civil Penalties as introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 gave Councils new powers to issue civil penalties as an alternative to court prosecution for specified offences.

The Council has considered guidance issued by the government and proposes to use these powers where it is considered appropriate. The enforcement procedure used by the Housing Standards department has been updated to reflect these powers. This procedure specifies when these powers should be used, the process to be followed and the amount of the penalty to be imposed.

The amount of this penalty must not exceed £30,000.

For further details of this process can be found in the Housing Standards Enforcement Procedure [176.68KB] and Housing Standards Locally Adopted Charges [107.78KB] documents. These explain the proposed procedures in more detail.